Nearly 300 Holiday Rambler diesel pusher motorhomes from across the country converged on the Elkhart Country Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., this week for the 2013 Maintenance Session hosted by the Ramblin’ Pushers Chapter 419.
“It’s not a rally, it’s a maintenance session — and there’s a big difference,” said Cris Bootle, the club’s maintenance session coordinator. “Rallies are more social, and although we do have a lot of social interaction, this program is geared toward hands-on technical seminars covering maintenance and service for the coaches.
“We’re all (Class A) diesel pushers,” she added. “Our chapter is the Holiday Rambler Diesel Pusher Chapter 419, and we get together here once a year to learn about our coaches, maintain our coaches and learn how we can fix them.”
Highlighting this year’s session is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Holiday Rambler – now manufactured by Chicago-based Navistar RV — plus recognition of sponsoring dealer Veurink’s RV Center’s 50th year as a Holiday Rambler dealer.
While the first of the 283 coaches arrived May 1, the fairgrounds session began May 3 and will continue through May 8. Some 111 seminars and roundtable discussions are held during the nearly week-long program, including some designed specifically for the “co-pilot,” including driving classes and activities geared for participating women.
However, it’s the technical seminars presented by dealers, service sponsors, vendors and fellow members that really draw Holiday Rambler owners from throughout the country. Almost three dozen states are represented this week at the fairgrounds on the southeast side of Goshen in Elkhart County, including 77 first-timers who have never attended a maintenance session before.
“We also have dealers and vendors here,” added Bootle, “so we have a lot of sales going on. There’s a lot to see and do, and we just have a great time.”
In addition to Veurink’s RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich., dealers staging displays at the expansive site included Alliance Coach, Wildwood, Fla., and Paul Evert’s RV Country, a three-store retailer based in Fresno, Calif.
“The event’s been very, very good,” said Thor Nordby with Paul Evert’s RV Country. “Everyone here is a diesel owner, and the new floorplans from Holiday Rambler have been generating a lot of interest. And, since everyone here is pretty stationary for five or six days, traffic through the new units has been fairly constant.”
“This is the biggest annual event for this chapter,” said Hugh Skidmore, chairman of the seminar host committee. “We all have similar objectives — to maintain these motorcoaches as we roll down the road.”